Americans for the Arts envisions an America where every child has access to—and takes part in—high quality and lifelong learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community.  We believe that learning in the arts enables every individual to develop the critical thinking, collaborative, and creative skills necessary to succeed in the ever changing diverse and global economies of today’s world. 

Through the Arts Education Network, Americans for the Arts provides arts education professionals with professional development opportunities as well as tools and resources  needed to strengthen arts education in their own communities. Members of the Arts Education Network are professional members of Americans for the Arts, and represent a cross-section of arts education leaders, including arts administrators, teaching artists, school administrators, and representatives from higher education.

The Arts Education Council, an advisory body elected by the Network, provides guidance on the development and execution of programs and services that meet the needs of these arts education professionals nationwide.

Read more about the Arts Education Network and Council.

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Jan 08, 2016

Vans and Americans for the Arts envision a country where every child has access to—and takes part in—high quality learning experiences in the arts, both in school and in the community. As such, the two organizations partnered to create the Custom Culture Grant Program to promote awareness and support arts education in public schools. Today the partners announced that eight schools across the country that have been awarded a $2,500 grant for the 2015-2016 school year. 

Jan 06, 2016

The NABE Foundation, a partner of Americans for the Arts and the charitable arm of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) is awarding its eighth annual Americans for the Arts scholarship to encourage the integration of the arts into the economic education process.

Dec 10, 2015

Americans for the Arts is pleased to announce the newly elected leadership of its four National Advisory Councils.

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Feb 05, 2016

In California State Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica)—the chair of the Joint Committee on the Arts—introduced Senate Bill 916 on January 27 to establish single-subject teachin

Dec 22, 2015

In a study released on December 16, 2015, Metro Schools’ collaborative Music Makes Us initiative is credited with increasing musical participation among Nashville students, as well as supplying them with the soft skills and character traits that will set them up for success in academics and life. The study shows growth in music programs at every level, particularly in the important middle school years, and 100 percent music participation at the elementary level.

Dec 22, 2015

During the week of December 14, 2015, the New York City Department of Education released the Annual Arts in Schools Report for the 2014-2015 school year. The report reflected the first year of data that was available since the city implemented its $23 million annual arts education funding initiative.

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Jan 27, 2016

With the start of a new year comes the start of a new General Assembly session, at least in my home state of Virginia, and also for three-quarters of our states’ legislatures. And for our state so begins the battle for increased funding for our state arts council—the Virginia...

Jan 19, 2016

“The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.” As we reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this week, I was reminded of this one of many, but not often cited,...

Jan 06, 2016

Each December, I have the pleasure to reflect alongside colleagues of the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Advisory Council about what...

2015 Annual Convention Livestream
Can't make it to Chicago this year?
Chicago, June 12-14, 2015

This year at our Annual Convention, we are live streamed all of our keynote presentations, multiple main convention sessions, as well as a select few preconference sessions.

You can watch any or all of these on our Americans for the Arts YouTube channel.